June 28, 2015

Thank You Father Jared

Faithful companion

Fr. Jared holds one hand of his little nephew while his brother holds the other.  Together, they lift the child as waves break upon his feet at the seashore.   Fr. Jared shared this experience of holding and lifting his nephew in a recent homily.  He used this simple image to illustrate the way that God holds our hand.  This story reminds us that we are invited to hold hands with each other as Companions on the Journey.

Fr. Jared has held our parish in his priestly care as a faithful companion for the last two years.

We Remember

We remember your ministry to us as we shared our mission together of OPUS CHRISTI, Christ’s work.
As a uper-hero, your thoughtful and sincere homilies were full of hope, pes.  You lived your pirituality in your sacramental roles, especially in your reverent celebration of the Eucharist.

ervice to our school, religious education children, youth ministry and altar servers was offered with the same gracious style for all ages, including the Marian devotion you share with the Rosary Society.

ocially, you are fun, with your body shaking laugh.  Your talents are many and your bagpipes and song and stage performances brought joy to all.

We Celebrate

We celebrate the way that you Wrapped Us in Your Prayer.  Many times your words and deeds were an answer to our prayer, DONA NOBIS PACEM, Grant us Peace.  You taught and you showed how the Keys of the Kingdom are found within us as God’s truth, beauty and goodness are discovered in our everyday lives.

We Believe

We believe that as you hold the hands of your new parishioners at St. Catherine of Siena, you will help them to be lifted and experience the touch of God’s loving hand.

We pray that with God’s providence, your organized mind, kind heart and loyal dedication to your priestly vocation will bring forth blessings “beyond anything you could ever hope for or imagine.”  (Ephesians 3:20)

We remember, we celebrate, we believe in you.

– Fr. Joe

In Grateful Appreciation

As this is my last weekend here at St. Philip, I would like to express to all of you my deepest gratitude for your kindness and support these past two years.  I arrived at St. Philip on June 29, 2013 and now exactly two years later I leave to continue my ministry stronger, wiser, and with great hope in the people of God because of my time I spent here.

It has been a blessing to work with and minister to each of you.  It has given me great joy to work closely with the altar servers, the lectors, the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, the RCIA, the religious education program, Confirmation program, adult ongoing formation, the youth group, and the school.  In each of these areas I tried to bring each of you closer to Christ.  I hope I succeeded.  The greatest joy I have experienced has been celebrating the sacraments.  That is the primary role of every priest.  Celebrating Mass with each of you, hearing your confessions, baptizing your children, anointing your sick, witnessing your marriages, and just being present to you has allowed me to encounter Christ in a very special way.  I have learned so much about humanity and about myself.  I am a better priest because of that.

As priest I have had the very unique opportunity of working and living with two other priests and collaborating with a very kind staff.  I am very grateful to Fr. Joe, Fr. Kevin, and the entire staff of St. Philip Parish and Preparatory School.  Every day I learn more and more how each of us, the ordained and the laity, are on the same journey…to grow closer to God.  None of us are saints.  We all need the grace of God to do the best that we can possibly do.  As a priest it is my job to help you attain that by dispensing that grace through the sacraments and living our lives in such a way that you are inspired to be holy.  As I am human, I hope my good deeds overshadowed any failings I may have had.  I ask your forgiveness if I ever offended anyone in any way.

I thank you for having played a part in my journey.  I have prayed for each of you every single day, and some mornings I have prayed for you by name.  Please continue to pray for me as I will remember you.  Change is never easy, but please be assured that I am at peace with this change.  St. Catherine of Siena is a wonderful parish which will pose many new challenges for me.  Pray for me, that I will meet those challenges and most importantly bring Christ to those I am called to serve.

– Fr. Jared

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015


Last Saturday, Bishop Serratelli ordained 14 men to the Priesthood at St. Philip. This past Tuesday he assigned Rev. Jose Miguel Jimenez to be our Parochial Vicar effective June 29. Fr. Miguel was born on June 12, 1987 in Colombia to Jose and Ana Jimenez. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the Seminary of Jesus Christ the High Priest in Antioquia, Colombia. After arriving to the United States and the Diocese of Paterson he studied and received a Master’s Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Throughout his time in the seminary, Fr. Miguel spent three years at Holy Family, Florham Park and one year as a Deacon at Sacred Heart and Holy Rosary in Dover. Fr. Miguel enjoys playing soccer and reading.

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